Saturday, March 15, 2014

Liza Reviews A Matter of Circumstances and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

Today, I review 
A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones
By Claire Robyns
This is a fabulous, well written, consistently entertaining, addictive hybrid steampunk, demon slayer novel.  I couldn’t stop reading it. 

The only part I didn’t like was when at 81% finished per Kindle, the book ended. And that is a flaw with Kindles, not Robyns. 

Some of you may not realize it, but any book I read to the end is a fabulous book, because I don’t have time to read lesser books. If it’s not a great book, I stop reading. I never commit to reviews, since there’s a strong chance I won’t finish a book. And yes, this means I never give bad reviews, but honestly, who needs the negative Karma.

But quiting was never a possibility with this crazy, delightful book. So, I’m happily reading along and bam, I hit an electronic brick wall. And it really hurt. Especially since matters of the heart are not resolved. But at least book two is out there so I can continue my addiction to this story.

So here’s the crux of the story:

Steampunker Greyston (he’s got a wicked fast airship) tracks down Lily to understand her connection to his past, only in doing so, gets the Ostrich Lady involved. The Ostrich lady is a demon from another dimension that dresses like a Victorian lady with terrible tastes in hats. But at least she stands out in a crowd.

Well, the first thing she does is kill our heroine.

You can imagine how surprised I was. Not a quarter into the book and my heroine, whom I liked, is dead.
Fortunately, Greyston has the ability to move back time if he acts fast enough. He manages and the story goes a lot better (with no one dying) the second time around. But this Ostrich lady is not a quitter. She keeps trying, and sadly does kill one of the secondary characters during her many attempts.

Their big questions about their past and what is really going on are answered in this book.

They also fall in love, but it’s a rocky love.
Then at the very end, they learn something about themselves that rocks Grey to his core and he runs off, while Lily intends to remain and rid the world of demons once and for all.

This story is kind of like Buffy the Vampire in Victorian garb, except instead of a stake, you need to run about with a pail of salt water. (Those who have read the book are laughing now.)

There’s a great deal of light hearted humor, mixed with disturbing events (like the death of the heroine) but not a single dull moment. It will hold your interest and entertain you the whole way through.

I promise. (Unless you are a curmudgeon realist, in which case, you won’t like it all.)

I won this book for one of my odd comments I make on other people's blogs. I’m glad I did. This extraordinary tale was a pleasure to read. I give it 5 stars.

Available at Amazon in ebook & Print


  1. Sounds like a great read. If you liked this one you might like the Regency Vampire slayer books by Colleen Gleason.

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  3. Try this again - meant to say gorgeous cover and fabulous review.

  4. You are right that is a fabulous cover. Great review. Sounds like a fascinating book.

  5. Loved your review. Now I want to read it.


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